tv [untitled] August 30, 2010 7:30pm-8:00pm PST
prevention, intervention, and enforcement. prevention is the key. intervention, sometimes you cannot arrest your way out of a problem. we have numerous service providers. you have the criminal justice center on pope st. -- polk street. people realize down here there are some bad guys. we have to lock them up. there is enforcement involved here. we try to ease our way into that. this is a triangular district. the new station -- i was here before. it was part of central. the new building opened in 2010. combine some of the different
maps if you are on the computer. you can check different crime data. 176 is the high one. it has always been that way in san francisco. the last 40, 50 years, it has been that high. it has been very high over the years. you have a different radio sector here. one-car, two-car, and three-car. we break up our various beats. the 40 -- i like the staff. we have tried to staff that in the stockton area. we have maintenance problems in that area. there are order maintenance issues in that area. we try to split the assignments a little bit and compress that on the midnight watch.
the other half of the shift is on the radio car. the old tenderloin task force, the bank down the road that survived the earthquake -- we moved to the facility we currently have. it is good to have a little past, present, and future in the presentation. the objective is to reduce crime, reduce order maintenance issues in the district. i was once told by my good friend of the new york police department, don't worry about organized crime. worry about disorganized crime. that is a big problem. i do not like to say "quality of life" because it is an overused term. we have been lucky. we have a lot of children in this area. it has changed a lot over the years. reduce the number of occ
complaints. if you look of the numbers -- the commissioners have the risk management section -- a lot of the complaints tend to be mouth complaints, flapping their lips. force issues and things tend to be mitigated by the officer. sometimes, it is very difficult down here with some of the people and individuals we deal with. some have mental health issues. some are career criminals. a sergeant i had once said there is no marcus of queens very role -- queensbury rule. we do the best we can through training and basic. continue being a liaison with the public. we have a great resource at the criminal justice center. it is working.
we are working on trying to mitigate -- we will talk about that later -- the prescription drug problem in the area. continue with the youth groups. we have a great group on ellis. this will be realigned next year. it will be torn down and they will make open spaces. i will be honest. having a police station across from the park -- we kind of failed that bodecker. that should be in open space. we elevated the security baseline. it is a very dense area of the city. seniors and children go to these areas and don't have to worry about the outside forces coming in and bothering them. we are working on that. there is a little bit of a security baseline. it is probably the answer here, maybe chinatown -- probably
denser here, maybe chinatown. the safety presentations, we can come out and talk to them. we will talk about ipods and laptops, cell phones. develop the officers. it is important to develop them. as a young officer, i could have gone to narcotics and the big time. i decided to stay because i liked the beach uniform. it is important. it is the backbone. last i looked, everyone wants to score a touchdown and be a hero, but you cannot score unless someone is blocking for you. i tried to develop the officers. i want to see them promoted, but i want to see them learn the job. abatement. i have a heck of a time.
dr. brick from the bronx center has done a great job. brick center has done a great job. sometimes statistics can throw you off. knowing the baseline for us, the midnight hours, the prime crime time from midnight until 7:00 in the morning, maybe 7:00 until 5:00, we compressed and contracted assignments. we adjusted robbery. the robbery of great men team -- abatement team. this is where an officer was robbed on the street. there is real time data and it helps our schedule. nine arrests for robbery where the officer was robbed. reduce prescription fills.
legal narcotics sales, it is disturbing to me. they are carrying oxycontin and prescription pills. the prescription pills are stifling the neighborhood. we try internal programs. walgreens will come in next month and help us identify phony prescriptions. a dea task force is coming in. again, we have to have some intervention with this. i am not naive. it is not illegal to possess prescription drugs, but it is illegal to sell them. our society is got into the point -- we cracked -- i cracked
the century mark. i cractake lipitor. some of these prescription drugs, it is the point where, i am talking in the office, some of these individuals, i understand, for economic reasons, you are buying food, alcohol, cigarettes, you cannot sell prescription drugs. three or four at a time -- especially run the school. you have kids. you have people going to rehab. it is not conducive. people are buying them as they try to go to a drug program. you have schools and playgrounds. school just returned. we have two cops at golden gate. put a hat on, get your coffee.
make sure they are there for the kids with the backpacks. it is a little bit of visibility. it goes a long way. they will only be there for 45 minutes, and it makes a big difference. we had a gentleman 1,000 feet in front of the school. some people were great serving on the community board. they gave us the license plate and the car. i measured it. 552 feet. 1,000 feet from the school. that is what i told him. go away. you have to do things within the law. probable cause, reasonable suspicion, it is important to understand we have to keep this area free for the kids in the street. elevate the security baseline. i mentioned open area parks.
we have officers go out to one part in the morning to open it up. there is no reason it cannot be used by families. we are working on the library. i talked to people with the asian art museum today. we will see what we are going to do with that. basically, we have 84 officers and our bid officer. this is the breakdown. we're heavier on the night watches. it is needed there. right now, 84 and the bid. the bid is the officer in union square. he's usually on a bicycle or on foot. any questions about the staffing? the breakdown of the district's -- >> i did have a question. the bilingual personnel section of that, i am glad you provided
us with that. it shows an awareness of the language needs. i wanted to get information about that. there is a very large asian population and southeast asian population. how does that work for your district? do you have a need for more bilingual officers? how is the language access policy work? >> there is always a need for bilingual officers. that includes french and german because of tourists. we have two. wanna is a driver. -- one is a driver. we have a mandarin-speaking one. cantonese. we would like to get a couple more of those, if we could. our numbers always could be better, especially -- we are in
the cambodian -- in this community, that is more of a need for us. we do have one japanese that is not up there, also. >> how are you able to address those needs? cambodian, it is harder to get that language. >> i had some women, mothers come in the office. we had someone translate. there was a problem in a building. there was a question about gangs. we told them to document these four reports. we had a translator come in. no one spoke the language. that was a preplanned one. it was not something that was not planned. there are enough resources in town where you can find a language available. there is always a community member to help. something that is a preplanned event, an interview, that is
easy. the unplanned event, you speak to someone on the street, a crime victim, a casual conversation, they want to explain something to you in their language, that is difficult. we are working on it as best we can. >> ok. >> next slide. here is the breakdown of the demographics of the area. this data will be updated within the next six months. we are in 2010. this is outdated. call for service. our response members are little better than the rest of the city. we are not pating our back because we have the smallest district. that makes a difference. the weekdays are the tourist areas. we have a pretty good response
time, but we are in the smallest district in the city. we have a breakdown of total calls in the area. it is busy. this is a busy district. a lot of the stuff we have in the district is on view from the citizens. it is pretty well spread out. any questions on that? >> i don't know if you could clarify a little more with the previous chart, the miscellaneous officer initiated, those two make up a pretty large chunk. the blue. >> that could be arrests, examples are when officers have trash cleanup on the street. they are calls that are logged in. dpw services, clean up on the
street, it encompasses -- a lot of it is customer-friendly here. it is a busy district for that kind of thing. people go up to the window, the officer on the street. people come in the station and i will take the report. i don't mind taking the report. >> where do drugs crimes, -- drug crimes come in? >> that is part two of the other one there. where is it? that would be a part two crime. probably in miscellaneous. there is more miscellaneous. i will go over the numbers in a minute. mark? >> crime is down a little bit. one homicide happened last week, the week before last. a young man at his demise that did not live in the neighborhood
and the suspects and don't live in the neighborhood. it is an ongoing investigation. officers were on the spot and chased one of the suspects. he got a way around the corner. it is an ongoing investigation. the officers did a very good job. we will talk about firearms. >> robberies were up a little bit. we had eight to nine or so. we had decoy operations. we need to do a little bit better job than that. prescription pills, they have lose money, people are getting robbed. we have housewives coming in here. it is stifling us. part one crimes, you can look at
that. i don't want to dwell on the numbers too much. for the public, there are extra ones over there. come to the station and we can give you a packet tomorrow or during the week. part one arrests, there are the rest numbers for you. that is the part 1 arrest. part one, serious felonies. we talked about organized and disorganized crime. we are working on that. we tracked our own. we brought back the old book. this is a big, old book. everything is locked -- logged. we have a general idea who is coming through the station and what they are getting booked
for. dressed arrestsdrug -- drug arrests, we have illegal drug sales down in the lc quarter. for the day yesterday, 15 felonies. 12 of them were related to narcotics. total for the year, we have223 2239 felony arrests for the station. there's a point where you have to take action. we try to intervene for most of these in the book -- individuals involved. increased numbers, pill sales. oxycontin is a large portion of the pill arrests.
104 so far. heroin, 45. 24, rock cocaine. marijuana is 46. those are sales to a police officer, mostly. illegal sales to the officer, not possession. with some of the crimes we talked about earlier, muni crimes, we have 38 up on the top, five fulton. it is the illegal boarding on the back of the bus. if you look get a -- look at a bus, there is always some kind of contact with the muni employee, you hope. back of the bus, crooks don't
pay. some people have muni fast passes. don't rear-board. that takes a lot of the crime coming through this district. it helps a lot. we have cut down a lot of the ipod and robbery thefts. mark? that is the community justice center of on polk street. we are hoping to move some of the pillowcases. -- pill cases. some of them would be misdemeanors. i spoke to a judge about that at length. we are trying to work that way, to push that way for those individuals who are not really involved for the money.
i hear that at every meeting i go to. trafficking. greg and his glory years. we are right on par. this is an urban area. we have no stop signs, red light violations. tenderloin is on the bottom. no fatalities. next one? do this quickly. it is traffic. collisions are very low. next one. programs. i mentioned the police advisory board. they are outstanding. violence reduction enforcement,
i mentioned the homicide. the chief and the assistant chief asked us to step it up down here on the weekend. 13 felonies and some tickets for people coming in the area who do not live in this area. that was important. there had to be a message sent. it was getting to the point where i don't want another situation that happened up in the central where a citizen or child is shot by a stray round coming through the district. if that happens, that is on us. we should not allow that. next one is traffic enforcement program. dpw, the big one is going on as we speak. retail organized crime threat -- crime theft. traditional retail theft,
someone stealing a candy bar, a pair of jeans, it has gotten past that. the chief knows that. people order up property, coach purses, jeans, i ask my wife what they cost and she says she does not know because i do not buy any of them. i want this size, oil of olay, everything in drugstores are locked up. they steal it and sell it on the street. they try to get money to buy drugs or property. we reverse things on people. it has been successful. 53 cases prosecuted since we started this program last year. very time consuming. the district attorney works on
these. we have to make sure it is done properly. we're not trying to get somebody running a free-market. these are professional criminals. they usually have up to $1,000 of cash on the. o-- on them. ipods, cell phones, people are buying them. brand new apple laptop went for $100 this morning. that is a serious problem. if you cut off the head of the snake, there is nobody -- no body. people leave the laptop on the table when they get a coffee.
we are taking baby steps. it is ongoing. we need to run a little bit more. we will try to step that up. foot beats, that is self- explanatory. we try to compress the assignments. we try to follow up the plainclothes operations with visibility. it is important. after the homicide, i went to bed at 4 in the morning -- at 4:00 in the morning. the project would be here in this district. i came home the next day with flowers for the wife. she surprised me with a big, shiny cot. i get to put that in my office.
joint operation with the mid- market foot patrol. we have our robbery operations. saturation patrol, outreach with prescription medications, gang monitoring. we have a lot of programs. i am begun acronyms. tag, tenderloin abatement graffiti. we're working on that, trying to get resources together. h.o.t. hotel outreach tenderloin. you go around town and see people wearing badges. it is nice to have, during the briefings, let the officers know what group is in town at the hilton so they have an idea if we go to recall, what people are
staying in different hotels, what groups are there, and we can tell them they can check with the hotel or call us. everything is e-mail, voice mail. you cannot get a live person. that helps a little bit. next one. we have a lot of murals. here is one example. there is a beautiful one around the corner. i talked about open spaces. we have three. we had a basketball game the other day against the guardian angels. we did have a few kids in the ymca. we won. we did have some ringers. we have a safety program. national lights out has been successful.
ramadan is going on. it ends in the next couple weeks. the feast is on the fourth of september. we have other festivals. toy drive, thanksgiving, halloween. next one. that is it. i did not want to explain every statistic. the it -- there is a quotation, regarding statistics, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. numbers are very good to give us a bearing on what we have to do.
problem solving with good, old- fashioned police work. we are trying to have a performance pushed down. it comes down to flat-out performance. the women over here at the station to a tremendous job. they showed that over the weekend when we have the shooting. they stepped up. this area, as i mentioned, i put it in the packet. i will not explain everything. you have heard pretty much all of them. i will open it up to the commission. >> could we do the public comment first? if we have questions, we can do it after that. thank you very much for the presentation. >> you are welcome.